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5 LANDS WALK: Connecting People to People and People to Place

MacMasters Beach – Copacabana – Avoca Beach – North Avoca – Terrigal

A gift to YOU from the communities and sponsors of the Central Coast.

The 5 Lands Walk Mantra is “Connecting People to People and People to Place”. A place where no one is excluded. A place where family, friends and the wider community are encouraged to celebrate life and have fun. In doing so take a step to create a more harmonious and inclusive society on the Central Coast and beyond.

Saturday 22 June 2019

MacMasters Beach Surf Club
Copacabana Surf Club
Avoca Beach Surf Club
North Avoca Surf Club
Terrigal Surf Club

The 5 Lands Walk is a day-long festival along 10 kms of spectacular coastline. It’s only 1.5 hours from Sydney and Newcastle.

In 2006 we were inspired by Italy’s Cinque Terra, but we created our own unique event to connect People to People and People to Place. We’ve been improving it every year since. 2019 will see many old favourites plus some new features and events. Roughly 24 000 people are estimated to join us this year, so be prepared to be inspired.

Proudly held on Darkinjung Country

We acknowledge that the 5 Lands Walk event is proudly held on the traditional lands of the Darkinjung people. We recognise the strength and resilience of the Aboriginal people and acknowledge their contribution to the 5 Lands Walk.

​We pay our respects to their Elders, both past and present, who were and are the Guardians of the 5 Lands. We are committed to reconciliation among all Australians.

The Route

Where does the route start and finish?
The 10 km route starts at the surf club at MacMasters Beach, heads north to the surf clubs at Copacabana, Avoca Beach and North Avoca following the beaches, headlands, bush tracks and back-roads to the surf club at Terrigal.

You can join and leave the route at any point you choose, whenever you chose – but we do encourage you to register.

Who can do the walk?
Any able-bodied person, including children, should be able to complete it. However, most of the route is on beaches and bush tracks which are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

People with disabilities will have access to events at each Land, even if the walking route isn’t suitable. Special parking is available at each Land

How long does it take and is it hard to do?
Walking the full route will take from 4 to 6 hours. But allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the views, visit the exhibitions, witness the Aboriginal ceremonies and ethnic cultural displays, watch some whales – and a take a couple of breaks. Remember, it’s not a race, so allow yourself the whole day.

There are several long steady climbs, up and down, and a couple of short steep sections with steps. There’s even a boggy patch to add interest. The steep, rocky track from Copacabana down to Winney Bay has been upgraded to concrete steps with handrail and boardwalk, thanks to Central Coast Council and Terrigal MP Adam Crouch, who secured funds from State Premier Mike Baird in 2015.

What if I run out of puff, time or the weather turns nasty?
That’s what the free Busways shuttle buses are for. They operate throughout the day so you can get back to Terrigal, or avoid steep hills or catch up on time.


What’s on at MacMasters Beach?

Registration desk opens at 7.15am, and service of our famous free breakfast starts around 7.30am – limited to the first 550. At 8.00am, the brief Opening Ceremony will start on the Surf Club grounds.

Begin your journey through the Portal of Good Intention. Set your intention for the day to connect to our beautiful lands and the wonderful and diverse community of people around you.

You’ll be Welcomed to Darkinjung Country and you’ll see talented kids from Kincumber Public School perform song and dance.

The pre-schoolers from Imagine@MacMasters will honour the Aboriginal occupation in their own way and a Highland Pipe Band will acknowledge MacMasters Beach’s Scottish connections – the first European settlers in the district – were Scots.

​Cleanse your spirit in the Aboriginal Smoking ceremony as you start your journey, then help us build a giant sand turtle. ​All morning there’ll be an exhibition of the best photos taken by 5 Lands school students who attended our photographic workshops earlier in the year.

What’s on at Copacabana?

Copacabana will be showcasing local tale a wide variety of music and dance; something for everyone.

What’s on at Avoca Beach?

There’ll be performances on the stage near the Surf Club, an art exhibitions upstairs at the Surf Club, ephemeral sculptures along the beach and community fair at Hunter Park most of the day.

Art is REALLY BIG at Avoca. Acclaimed local artists will be exhibiting in the Connections exhibition upstairs in the Surf Club and some of Australia’s finest sculptors will be presenting their works in the Ephemera exhibition on the beach.

  • ​Connections Exhibition (in the Surf Club)
  • Ephemera Sculpture (on the beach)
  • Registration & Information Desk
  • Red Hot Papas – Roving Minstrels (10am – 11am)
  • Candy Striped Circus – Minstrels (11.30am – 12.30pm)

What’s on at North Avoca?

Join us for a day of Cultural Celebration with our local Aboriginal peoples living on the Central Coast Darkinjung Country. We invite you to immerse yourselves in the spirit of kinship.

Experience a Culture of richness in customs and practices of our First Nation peoples. Learn and hear about the importance about dreamtime stories like the celebration of the Whale migrations and participate in every aspect of traditional Darkinjung life.

See the spectacular giant kites on the beach at North Avoca, and share your Hopes and Dreams on ​​​​​​the Wishing Wall​​. An intriguing exhibition featuring a selection of ​outstanding Aboriginal artists, Leather Demonstrations & Workshops, ​Traditional Weaving with the Mirring Women, Creative Therapeutic, ​Immerse in the absorbing process of traditional ​weaving on the balcony of the surf club​

What’s on at Terrigal?

This year’s 2019 5 Land Terrigal experience promises to be the a fitting “Finale” to what will be no doubt an outstanding 14 year anniversary of this unique Central Coast event.

Visitors to Terrigal will enjoy a taste of Filipino culture thanks to the efforts of the local Filipino community residents who always excel in showcasing their culture to locals and visitors alike.

Apart from demonstrations of Filipino culture there will be a library display of historical Terrigal between 1900 and 1940.

Charlie Trivers will again create an urban art tribute. And then for the entertainment, a virtual smorgasbord of local and guest artists from far and wide.

As you finish your walk, make sure you call in at the finish-line marquee, to:

  • Collect your certificate
  • Collect your wrist band for discount meal at the Crowne Plaza
  • Complete the walker survey

There’ll be about twenty four artists located along the route from Avoca Beach, North Avoca and Terrigal Beach promenade. You’ll be able to meet and talk to some of Australia’s greatest artists (who happen to be Central Coast locals) as they paint outdoors, or “Art in the Open”. Watch them as they interpret the land and seascapes, on the spot!​

Written by Kevin Bull

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